Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes

Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes

by Leila Darwish


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…In the energy descent future, many more people will be growing food on contaminated land; out of necessity. Earth Repair offers the hope that this can be done without fear of further eroding health and well being.
David Holmgren, author of Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

…a book for people who will not wait around to heal the world.
Mark Lakeman, co-founder of The City Repair Project, communitecture, and the Planet Repair Institute

From urban lots contaminated with heavy metals and chemicals to polluted waterways and devastating oil spills, our toxic industrial legacy impacts our environment, our health, and our ability to create healthy, thriving local foodsheds. Conventional clean-up techniques employed by government and industry are expensive and resource-intensive and can cause further damage to the ecosystem. As the incidence of contamination and pollution continues to spread, communities are increasingly unable to rely on those who created the problems to
step in and provide effective solutions that work for people and the planet.

Earth Repair explores a host of powerful grassroots bioremediation techniques that work with the many microorganisms, mushrooms, and plants that are the planet’s finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists, and healers. These techniques include:

  • Microbial remediation – using microorganisms to break down and bind contaminants
  • Phytoremediation – using plants to extract, bind and transform toxins
  • Mycoremediation – using fungi to clean up contaminated soil and water.

    Packed with valuable firsthand information from visionaries in the field, Earth Repair is essential reading that will empower communities and individuals with tools to transform environmental despair into constructive action.

    … an indispensable guide for citizen scientists, permaculturists and ecological justice activists wanting to proactively address the legacy of environmental pollution we’ve inherited from our industrial civilization.
    Scott Kellogg, educational director of the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center and author of Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide

    Leila Darwish is a community organizer, urban gardener and permaculture rabble rouser, with a deep commitment to environmental justice, food security, and providing accessible and transformative tools for communities struggling with toxic contamination of their land and drinking water.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780865717299
    Publisher: New Society Publishers
    Publication date: 06/25/2013
    Pages: 336
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

    About the Author

    Leila Darwish is a community organizer and permaculturalist with a BSc in Environmental Conservation Sciences. Most of her grassroots organizing has centered on environmental justice issues in communities struggling with either the threat of or the enduring legacy of toxic contamination of their land and drinking water. Her focus on grassroots bioremediation stems from a deep commitment to justice and the passionate desire to empower people by providing them with simple, practical, transformative, and accessible tools for regenerative earth repair.

    Table of Contents

    Many Thanks vii

    Introduction: Manualfesto 1

    Chapter 1 Roots of Repair: Decolonization and Environmental Justice 3

    Chapter 2 Earth Repair and Grassroots Bioremediation 7

    Chapter 3 Getting Started 23

    Chapter 4 Microbial Remediation 35

    Chapter 5 Phytoremediation 69

    Chapter 6 Mycoremediation 123

    Chapter 7 The Art of Healing Water 187

    Chapter 8 Oil Spills I: The Anatomy of an Environmental Disaster 201

    Chapter 9 Oil Spills II: Tools for the Grassroots Bioremediator 217

    Chapter 10 Nuclear Energy and Remediating Radiation 249

    Chapter 11 Self-Care for Grassroots Remediators, Community Members and Disaster Responders 255

    Conclusion: Final Words for a Fertile Way Forward 279

    Appendix 1 Contaminants 101 281

    Appendix 2 Conventional Remediation Techniques 292

    Appendix 3 Metric Conversion Table 301

    Endnotes 302

    Index 315

    About the Author 327

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